Sound & Fury – Don’t fuck up the band.

28 03 2015

Sound and Fury h and j “I’m fucking up my favourite band…by playing in it” – Davey Lane, You Am I.

That is one of my favourite quotes from the You Am I documentary “The Cream and Crock” where Davey expressed his concern of not quite cutting the mustard when he first joined his favourite band. This kinda reflected how I felt about this summer. I have been a fan and friend of LA’s Sound And Fury for many years from touring a lot of the same Canadian Fringe Festivals (and more recently, the Australian Fringes) with them and so when they asked me to replace third troupe member Ryan for the Australian leg of their 2015 tour, I was firstly honoured, then excited and then absolutely terrified. S&F have been around as a troupe for over 17 years and have a strong following in Australia so I had big shoes to fill, two shows worth of lines to learn and a lot of people to try and impress. It was a really daunting task, but I love a challenge. I cut my teeth at Fringe World in Perth with a whirlwind week of performances of Hitchcocked and Hamlet & Juliet (insanely sandwiched between performances of my own show Trampoline) but it was really the Adelaide Fringe season of Hamlet & Juliet that I really started to find my feet. I started to feel more at home in the troupe, more comfortable improvising within the shows and trying out new jokes (mostly involving attempting to annoy Richard onstage) and putting my own goofy spin in the characters I played.

It was a whole new experience as an actor or improviser. We all have a similar sense of humour and while we’d all done a lot of improv but a S&F show is a whole different beast and it was a rewarding experience for me as a performer to challenge myself with something like this. It was important to me (and to the others) that I wasn’t just doing an impression of Ryan and the guys really made me like I had to the freedom to play around and make my spot in the troupe my own and I am forever grateful for that. The feedback from new, and perhaps more importantly, long time fans of S&F was overwhelmingly positive and it was lovely to be accepted as more than just “the new guy” or “not Ryan”.

Patrick and Richard, thank you both so much for all your hard work and for helping me feel so much part of the team. Ryan thanks for needing time to plan your wedding, you were very much missed this tour, but I’m sure glad I go to be the first ever Aussie Sound & Fury-er. I do hope we can all do it all again someday.

Some reviews, with a few mentions of me, not fucking up.

“We were also introduced to the filling-in Shane, found in Perth and more than capable of getting formidably silly in the best Sound & Fury tradition.” Rip it up ★★★★

“Forget the nunnery; get thee to Bally tent in Gluttony, where Hamlet and Juliet plays nightly “InDaily

“Joining Maritzer and long-standing member Patrick Hercamp for their Australian tour is Perth local, Shane Adamczak. He fits right in, despite the clash of accents” Glam Adelaide ★★★★

“Genuinely, laugh out loud funny” – Yaniism Blog

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This Is Not A Love Song – Melbourne Fringe Reviews

27 09 2014

The Melbourne Fringe season is This Is Not A Love Song has been going great. Tickets for the final week and a half can be purchased here. Response so far has been awesome, so be sure to get tickets and come check out this show if you’re in Melbourne.

Here’s a few nice reviews that have popped up so far.

★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald/Age – Review

Toorak Times – Review

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Two more “This Is Not A Love Song” reviews

1 09 2014

Our show This Is Not A Love Song is going great guns in Perth and head to Melbourne later this month. Here’s what Australian Stage had to say:

“Greg Fleet’s first theatre play is full of memories, tears, laughter and Good Music… Shane Adamczak is perfect …natural and believable, with comic-dramatic gold … His strong vocal skills work well with the clear sweetness of Tegan Mulvany’s voice as they sing duets. …Not a comedy, but not a kitchen sink drama, either, This is Not a Love Song feels suspiciously autobiographical and peculiarly intimate, providing insights into Greg Fleet’s life and loves, haunting with melodies arranged to tug at the heart strings. “

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

_D602815We Also had another great review come out of Perth Theatre Reviews. Check out that full review HERE.





A few new Trampoline Reviews

14 05 2014

There’s been some lovely reviews popping up around Montreal (and one from our recent Perth season) that I thought I’d share.  We still have three shows left May 14, 16 and 17 at Mainline Theatre, tickets available ONLINE or at the door!

“Adamczak’s trademark lighthearted humour will appreciate an interesting change of pace as this dark comedy reveals moments of real heartbreak… But that’s not to say your face won’t hurt from laughing as you leave the theatre. Layered and touching, Trampoline is a gorgeous piece of theatre you won’t soon forget.” -Bloody Underrated

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“This is a well written and cleverly acted play that will delight and amuse but also make you questions your notions of normal” – The Australian Times

“Adamczak again displays his natural ability to completely immerse himself in his characters and draw the audience into his world. Along with the equally excellent performances by Stevie and Vance  the play is both touching and hilarious.” – Culture Plus

Bloody Underrated – Review, May 2014

The Australian Times – Review, May 2014

Culture Plus, Montreal – Review, May 2014

Montreal Rampage – Review, May 2014

Daybreak, CBC Montreal – Interview, Audio (Scroll down to “Fringe Favourite back with feature play” story)

 

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New review for TRAMPOLINE

8 04 2014

Check out this sweet review for our Subiaco season of Trampoline on Perthculture.com.

“Shane Adamczak is a comic writing genius in my book. His short play Trampoline is one of the most endearingly whimsical love stories to grace the small stage I’ve ever seen. It packs such a ‘feel good’ punch that once its finished you’ll want to go straight back into the theatre and watch it all over again.” -PerthCulture.com

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VICIOUS WINS 5-STAR FRINGE AWARD!

3 03 2014

VICIOUS CIRCLES is this week’s ★★★★★ Award winner in The Sunday Mail!

“This is the hit of the Fringe, the real Fringe, the fringe that takes no prisoners… it’s anarchy in the underground and if you want the ultimate fringe experience you better grab a ticket quick!” -Matt Byrne, The Sunday Mail

I’m so goddamn proud of Team Vicious right now. PUNK IS HERE!

SUNDAY MAIL REVIEW

 

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Trampoline – Week 2 – REVIEWS

14 10 2013

“Adamczak, takes that idea of boy meets girl and turns it on its head, creating a wonderfully absurd piece that will have you laughing in your seat….Trampoline is easily one of the funniest plays I have seen in a while; a darkly comic take on a familiar theme, which will have you laughing right from the outset.” – The AU Review

The show is off to a great start, a completely sold out first week and some great reviews starting to pop up (will post more as they come out). I am joyfully overwhelmed with the response* so far and am extremely proud of everyone involved in this show. But there’s still work to be done…

Good tickets still available for the rest of the season, but are selling fast, so if you don’t want to miss out (and you don’t want to miss out, do you?!) make sure you book through The Blue Room Theatre Website. Booking in advance is fun and easy. We like when you do it.

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“ This dark comedy is equal parts touching, funny, awkward and sad, and the characters will tug at your heartstrings and refuse to let go.” –Bloodyunderrated.net (Canada)

“The three-person cast were incredible, clearly experienced performers, who immersed themselves in their roles and drew the audience into the tale from the very beginning. …The 60 minute play was performed without a hitch, and was, and is likely to remain, the most enjoyable hour of my week. I cannot recommend this production more highly.” – Colosoul Magazine

“Shane has skilfully constructed a superb script with several genres of comedy, from subtle to slapstick, all smoothly blended…The acting under the directorship of Damon Lockwood was wonderful. The expressions, characterisation, accents and body language were well-observed and fully exploited, to achieve maximum fun…One of the Blue Room’s funniest shows for a long time. Great team work. Highly recommended.” – Theatre Australia

*I don’t know if I can treat it as a credible media source, but a friend’s teenage daughter told me she liked the show “Even more than WICKED” which really made me smile.